Today is the day you start to put in the work and make a change in your life. Whether it be exercise, diet or sleep, this article will show you how to keep yourself on track while also getting better quality sleep at night.
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We spoke about the nature of sleep and why it’s so crucial to get enough of it last week.
If you’ve been having difficulties sleeping for years, the information may have left you annoyed rather than inspired. Don’t be concerned! Today, we’ll look at a variety of suggestions for sleeping well night after night.
If you’ve been receiving enough sleep, my hope is that you’ll discover a suggestion that will help you improve it significantly.
Before we get started, it’s crucial to recognize that obtaining a decent night’s sleep is a multi-day process. The quality and amount of your sleep may be affected by how you wake up, what you do throughout the day, and your bedtime routine. From sunrise to dark, try the following research-backed methods to get your body and mind ready for sleep. Always try new things; what works for someone else may not work for you. You may want to try purchasing a sleep tracker or downloading a sleep-tracking software to monitor the results of your sleep experiments.
Getting Ready for a Good Night’s Sleep
1. Purchase a nice mattress. Keep in mind that you’ll sleep for an average of 24 years – 24 years! – of your life. So there’s no greater investment than a mattress that allows you to sleep well (and it’s not necessarily the most costly one, either). Choose the mattress that is ideal for you. If the maker allows you to try it out for a length of time, that’s even better.
Change your linens once a week while you’re at it. There’s nothing like getting into a beautiful, clean bed to make you feel better.
2. Go camping for a week to find your perfect sleeping routine. Go camping for a week if you want to discover the perfect amount of sleep and waking time for your specific body. Participants who roughed it in the great outdoors adjusted their sleeping cycle to one that aligned more with the earth’s natural solar day and night, according to researchers at the University of Colorado. They reverted to their prehistoric pattern in the absence of artificial light. Participants went to bed sooner, got up earlier, and slept longer on average. Even self-described night owls switched to a sleep/wake pattern that corresponded to the natural solar day and night, and began sleeping far before their “regular” bedtime back home. (This shows that their night owl tendencies are motivated more by habit and inclination than by biological composition.)
Even if your “real world” schedule doesn’t fit the natural sleeping pattern you discover when snoozing in the woods, it may provide you benchmarks to aim towards. And, at the very least, the experiment should give you an idea of how much sleep your body needs to feel completely refreshed. Whatever your schedule may be, aim for that number.
A week of camping away from artificial light and the demands of contemporary life is also a terrific chance to catch up on some much-needed Zs if you’re sleep-deprived.
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3. Maintain a regular routine. Our bodies were designed to sleep on a regular basis. That timetable would ideally correspond to the earth’s natural day and night cycle. That kind of schedule is impossible for most of us in today’s 24/7 environment. However, we may try our best to stick to the sleep pattern we do have. Experiment with several schedules until you discover one that works for you, then adhere to it like clockwork — that includes going to bed and getting up at the same time every day, including on weekends!
4. Get up at the same time each day. If you have to go to bed later than usual for whatever reason, attempt to wake up at the same time. If you’re attempting to develop a new, better sleep routine, this is very vital. The moment you get up appears to dictate when you’ll start to feel drowsy later in the day. As a result, if you go to bed late and then get up late, you will begin a cycle that will disrupt your whole pattern. You’re more likely to feel fatigued at the appropriate hour if you wake up early even if you go to bed late.
5. Never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, You may believe that pressing the snooze button will provide your body and mind with the additional sleep they need, but you’re really setting yourself up to feel groggier than if you’d just gotten out of bed. Instead of returning to the lighter sleep state you were just in (in which your body may have been prepared to get up), hitting snooze and drifting back to sleep may start a new sleep cycle entirely. When the alarm goes off a second time, you’ll most likely be in a deeper state of sleep, leaving you drowsy, ill-rested, and seeking for a mallet to shatter your alarm clock. To assist you break this behavior, put your alarm (whether it’s a phone or a clock) somewhere where you’ll have to get out of bed to turn it off.
6. As soon as you wake up, expose yourself to strong light. Bright light, especially blue light, signals our brain to cease generating melatonin and begin rising cortisol levels in order to help us wake up. According to research, intense light exposure in the morning not only helps you get up, but it may also help you sleep better later that night. Early morning light may even aid metabolic regulation; one research found a link between early light exposure and a healthy BMI. “Light is the most effective agent to synchronize your internal body clock that governs circadian cycles, which in turn affects energy balance,” said the study’s author, Dr. Phyllis C. Zee. The lesson is that between 8 a.m. and noon, you should obtain more strong light.”
If you wake up after the sun has risen, go for a 20-minute morning stroll to allow your eyes soak up the sun’s first rays. However, if you get up while it’s still dark, strong light is very beneficial. You’ll need to bring in an artificial light source in this situation. Philips goLITE BLU is one product that I’ve had a lot of luck with. While performing my morning ritual, I turn it on and sit in front of it for 20 minutes.
While the blue light released by your electronic gadgets isn’t as powerful, looking at your laptop as soon as you get out of bed may also help you wake up; however, reading your email first thing in the morning might cause irritability and doesn’t set your day off to a good, focused start.
7. Exercise on a daily basis. From pennies to donuts, your hardworking great-grandpa had no problem sleeping at night. The finest sleeping aid of all is manual work.
Doing a daily session of exercise is the next best thing to pushing a plow in our techno-industrial economy, when most of us sit at a computer all day. According to the findings, those who exercise regularly sleep better than those who do not. If feasible, try exercising first thing in the morning to help you wake up. If midnight exercise is your only option, that’s OK as well. Just don’t do it just before night.
8. Experiment with intermittent fasting. According to research, intermittent fasting might help you sleep better at night. Intermittent fasting may be easily implemented by starting your fast at 7 or 8 p.m., skipping breakfast the following morning, and not eating until noon. You may eat from 12 p.m. until 7 p.m. If you wish to include a night snack in your routine (see below), you’ll need to switch to a different timetable, delaying your feeding window until later in the day.
9. Limit your caffeine intake late in the day. Caffeine is a stimulant that, if used late in the day, will keep you alert. Keep in mind that caffeine has a three to five hour half-life (how long it stays in your body), so that cup of coffee you had at 4 p.m. may still be stimulating you at 9 p.m. If you’re having difficulties sleeping, try reducing your coffee intake in the afternoon or early evening.
Prior to Going to Bed
If you must use electronic gadgets in bed, be sure to utilize a blue light filtering software. When viewing TV, put on a pair of yellow-tinted safety glasses!
In the evening, stay away from blue light. Dim all of the lights, in fact. When the sun sets, your body naturally begins to release melatonin, which aids in sleep. Bright lights, particularly blue light, might cause this process to be disrupted, leaving you wide awake when it’s time to sleep. The increasing sleeping troubles that contemporary people are suffering are partially due to increased exposure to blue light from our digital devices at night. To get the best sleep, turn off all TV and computer displays two hours before bedtime. However, we all know that most individuals can’t (or won’t) do it. Fortunately, there are apps that can be installed on your digital devices to reduce the amount of blue light emitted by your screen. Here are a few things I’ve used in the past:
- f.lux. The blue light from the screen dims as you draw closer to bedtime. It makes your screen seem orange at first, then your eyes adapt and it returns to normal. It’s compatible with all desktop operating systems.
- Twilight. This is an Android app that functions similarly to f.lux. As it draws closer to evening, it progressively removes the blue light from your smartphone and tablet screen. It’s on my HTC One as well as my Samsung Tablet. (On iOS, I’m not aware of any applications that accomplish this.) If you want to use f.lux on your iPhone or iPad, you’ll need to jailbreak it first.)
Consider wearing a pair of yellow-tinted safety glasses at night if you really want to guarantee that you’re lowering and eliminating your exposure to blue light. Yes, everything will become yellow, and your wife will laugh at you, but it will help you sleep better by reducing your exposure to blue light from the TV while watching Shark Tank.
Also, decrease the lights throughout the home so that your living room isn’t as bright as the noonday sun. Your circadian clock may be disrupted by even ordinary white light.
11. Before going to bed, take a melatonin and/or ZMA supplement. Melatonin supplements may be taken 30 minutes before bedtime to help you fall asleep quicker. ZMA may also aid in achieving a deeper, more restful night’s sleep, allowing you to reap the testosterone and HGH-boosting advantages. Combining these pills and taking a dosage of each before bedtime has worked well for me.
12. Establish a nighttime ritual. A regular nighttime ritual may signal to your body and mind that it’s time to sleep. Turn off all electronics, put on your PJs (real guys wear PJs), wash your teeth, and read a paperback book or write in your diary till your eyelids go tired.
Similarly, establish a morning routine that will assist you in getting up and moving. As soon as you get out of bed, do some push-ups, plan your week, have a healthy breakfast, and so on. Here are six things I do on a regular basis to make my mornings worth getting out of bed for.
13. One hour before bed, take a James Bond shower. The James Bond shower is something you may want to include in your evening ritual. According to research, exposing oneself to varying temperatures might speed up your body’s thermogenic impact, allowing you to sleep deeper. So, an hour before night, take a shower that begins hot and then cools down for a few minutes.
People have questioned me how it is possible that cold showers both wake you up and help you sleep better after seeing my video on the advantages of cold showers. This seems to be the solution: a cold shower will wake you up, but a hot-to-cold shower would make you sleepy.
14. Don’t drink alcohol before going to bed. A nightcap may seem like the perfect way to drift off to dreamland, but the quality of your sleep will suffer as a result. You’ll spend more time in Stages 1 and 2 of the sleep cycle and less time in the restorative Stages 3 and 4, resulting in a less than totally rested feeling the next day.
If you eat anything before night, it may help you sleep better, but limit yourself to a small snack rather than a full meal. Buddy, it’s either pie or sammy.
15. Snack at 12 a.m. (or sooner!). The link between hunger/food and sleep is just now being discovered by scientists. While different research point to different explanations, most agree that a carbohydrate snack before bedtime will help you fall asleep faster and remain asleep all night. According to one research, carbohydrate-rich diets produce insulin, which helps to regulate our circadian cycle. According to another research, carbohydrate diets may raise the level of tryptophan in our blood, which helps us sleep.
In any case, a snack of toast, whole grain crackers, granola bar, bowl of cereal, or something similar might be just what you need for a pleasant night’s sleep. Just make sure it’s not a complete meal — no more than 30g of carbohydrates should be consumed (a piece of whole-grain toast is about 12g, for frame of reference). Proteins, especially meats, are difficult to digest and may interfere with tryptophan’s effect on the brain, so they won’t help you sleep well (which is why the idea that turkey alone causes sleepiness is a myth). A dollop of peanut butter on toast, on the other hand, is perfectly acceptable. (In fact, PB has a decent amount of niacin, which aids in the production of soothing, sleep-regulating serotonin.) There’s some truth to the old wives’ story about a glass of warm milk before bedtime — it includes tryptophan and calcium, both of which aid in the generation of sleep-inducing melatonin.
A Word to the Wise for Those Who Wake Up in the Middle of the Night
One of the most bothersome sleep “disorders” is waking up in the middle of the night and being unable to return to sleep. However, this wasn’t always considered a concern. People used to sleep on a variety of schedules, sleeping for part of the night, waking up for a while, and then sleeping again until the morning. They’d take a nap or two throughout the day to increase their overall daily sleep. Some claim that this kind of “polyphasic” sleep is normal, but that it was abolished during the Industrial Revolution, when everyone had to get up at the same time for work (and school), and work the same uniform shifts. The normalization of the consolidated 8-hour nightly sleep pattern was necessary by the regimentation of education and work. Thus, the notion that getting up in the middle of the night is a disease has its origins in social and economic expectations rather than biology.
As a result, the contemporary world is what it is. Unfortunately, few of us have the luxury of sleeping in and napping in the afternoons, so we must depend on the convenience of a consolidated sleep pattern. The majority of people have adjusted successfully to this schedule, but a minority have not. Don’t get too worked up if you’re one of the night owls. Recognize that it may be a common occurrence rather than a disease that need medication. Try using the ideas in this article if you want to become a consolidated sleeper. Embrace polyphasic sleep rather of tossing and turning throughout your overnight wakenings if you want to continue with it. Get out of bed and hang around till you’re drowsy again, then go back to bed. If possible, arrange your school or employment to begin later in the day so that you may be more flexible with your wake time. Even if you are unable to do so, attempt to go to bed earlier so that your total hours of sleep throughout the course of the night, including your wakeful phase, total 7-8 hours.
The Art of Sleeping
16. Get up if you can’t fall asleep in 20 minutes. If you can’t fall asleep fast — say, in 20 minutes — sleep specialists suggest getting up, going to another room, and reading until you fall asleep. You don’t want to link your bed with the tension and frustration of being unable to fall asleep. Make your bed a haven of tranquility, relaxation, and slumber.
17. Maintain a cool environment. As you go deeper into sleep, your core body temperature drops a smidgeon. This might explain why sleeping in a colder environment helps you fall asleep sooner and sleep deeper; you’re just lowering your core temperature faster. According to studies, the ideal room temperature for a good night’s sleep is a cold 60-67 degrees Fahrenheit, so turn down the thermostat and put on a fan before going to bed.
There are a few things you can do to keep your side of the bed cold if you sleep with someone who likes things hot. The Chillow is a low-cost option. You fill it with water and set it on top of your pillow all night to keep your head feeling “cooler than the opposite side of the cushion.” I’ve had some success with the Chillow. Just keep an eye out for leaks. Check out the ChilliPad for a more pricey full-body solution.
18. Ensure that your bedroom is completely dark. Even when your eyes are closed, light may reach your retinas and interrupt your sleep. Make sure your room is completely dark if you’re having difficulties sleeping and staying asleep. Install blackout shades to prevent light from entering your room. Keep gadgets with flashing lights or luminous displays away from your face as well.
19. Use white noise as a sleep aid. Some folks find that the sound of a fan or even radio static helps them sleep better. White noise is the term for this sort of noise. What makes it so effective in lulling us to sleep? One explanation is that it mimics the auditory environment we were exposed to when we were still in the womb. The most plausible explanation is that white noise hides abrupt noise fluctuations that might otherwise wake you up or jolt your attention while you were sleeping. If you’re having difficulties sleeping, consider adding some white noise to your nighttime routine. For the most part, turning on a fan will suffice. You may also choose a bedside white noise machine that plays static, heartbeats, or the relaxing sound of rain falling.
20. Experiment with gradual muscular relaxation techniques. Instead of counting sheep, try progressive muscular relaxation if you’re having difficulties sleeping. It relaxes the muscles and soothes the mind, leaving you feeling comfortable and rested. Start with your feet and tighten and release the muscles and tendons there while laying down. Simply concentrate on the sensations of tenseness and relaxation. Then work your way up to your calves, thighs, quads, and so forth until you reach your head.
Use the Nightwave Sleep Assistant to help you get a good night’s sleep. It’s a little gadget that sits on your nightstand and emits a pulsating blue light into your ceiling. You match your breathing to the mild pulse, and within minutes, you’re drifting off to sleep. When my mind is racing and I’m having trouble going asleep, I’ll use this technique.
22. Avoid sleeping medicines at all costs. Sleeping drugs (both over-the-counter and prescription) may help you fall asleep quicker, but they degrade the quality of your sleep, much like alcohol. Not only do they lead you to spend more time in the less restorative portions of your sleep cycle, but studies show that you only receive 11 minutes more sleep on average with the tablets than you would without them. 11 minutes of worse sleep, with the danger of grogginess and potentially worse side effects? Normally, it isn’t worth it.
Don’t resort to drugs until you’ve tried everything else on this list, either independently or in combination (the full-court press of a good night’s rest!). Here’s a checklist of the suggestions for you to try out and tick off.
Check out our other sleep resources:
- How to Fall Asleep Immediately
- What to Do If You Can’t Get Enough Sleep
- Sleep: Everything You Need to Know
Sleep: Everything You Need to Know
Dreamland: Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep is a book on the strange science of sleep.
The Harvard Medical School Sleep Guide is a comprehensive guide to getting a good night’s sleep.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How can I sleep better naturally at night?
A: There is no cure for insomnia. However, there are some things you can do to help ease the frustration and anxiety of not being able to sleep. Try doing something fun or enjoyable that will distract your mind from thinking about not sleeping all night .
Why I cant sleep at night properly?
A: There is a wide variety of reasons for this. One possible reason could be that you are worried about something in particular, and so your thoughts keep going around it continually. Another cause might be an inability to relax and switch off due to work pressures or other factors leading up to bedtime.
How do you fall asleep in 5 minutes?
A: Sleep is actually a complex process that occurs in stages. First, your body gets tired and prepares for sleep by slowing down all of your bodily functions to help you remain asleep as long as possible. Then, the first stage of sleep begins where brain activity goes into slow wave patterns known as rapid eye movement (REM). During this time, its important to be quiet yet relaxed so that no disruptions occur during REM. Finally, deep N3 and delta waves take over which cause drowsiness- meaning you enter deeper levels of restorative sleep before waking up refreshed after an entire nights restful slumber!
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